International Project Offices

The main tasks of the International Project Office is to:

  • assist the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) with planning and carrying out scientific research;
  • serve as a channel of communication between scientists working in different countries on various aspects of global change; and
  • assist the SSC in collating information on national and regional programmes of global change research relating to IMBeR, to ensure that there is no unnecessary duplication of effort and that IMBeR makes effective use of existing knowledge in its analysis of processes and change at all relevant scales.



John Claydon
Executive Director, IPO-Canada (now closed)
John has a background as a marine ecologist focusing on tropical marine systems, and has worked in a range of roles that includes research, teaching, management, policy, and governance. His most recent position was Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.


Lisa Maddison
Deputy Director, IPO-Canada (now closed)
Lisa is a marine biologist who spent many years doing marine resource management on the west coast of South Africa. She swapped over to project coordination and joined IMBeR in 2009.

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Paula George
Executive Assistant, IPO-Canada (now closed)
Paula joined the IMBeR IPO-Canada team in August 2022. Paula supports the IMBeR International Project Office-Canada and provides executive and financial assistance to the Deputy Scientific Director and Finance Manager at Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie. 

Gi Hoon Hong

GiHoon Hong
Strategy Director, IPO-China
Tel.: + 86 21 3350 3531
Web page: Link

GiHoon has a background as marine biogeochemistry focusing on the behaviour of radionuclides at sea and carbon cycles, and their application for addressing various emerging scientific and human needs in the world oceans. He joined the IMBeR international project office in Shanghai in 2021.


Fang Zuo
Deputy Director, IPO-China
Tel.: + 86 21 5483 6463

Fang has a background in developing science education curricula for school students. She joined IMBeR in 2011 as Administrative Assistant and spent many years coordinating projects and events. Her recent work focuses on facilitating science communication and developing new approaches in support of ocean literacy.


Kai Qin
Executive Assistant, IPO-China
Tel.: + 86 21 5483 6463

Kai joined the IMBeR office in Shanghai in 2019. Her research interests include physical oceanography and ocean management with a particular focus on the Arctic region. 



IPO Contact Information


Postal and Physical address:

IMBeR International Project Office – China
Office A221, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC)
Minhang Campus, East China Normal University (ECNU) 
500 Dongchuan Road
Shanghai 200241, China

Tel.: +86 21 5483 6463



IPO – Canada

Ocean Frontier Institute
Dalhousie University


IPO – China

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Supporting Institutes – IPO – China

10.Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute